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. >> the man the president wants to run the c.i.a. defends his role in america's use of drones to kill terrorists. this is "special report" >> good evening, i'm chris wallis. he had to deal with the uproar today over two controversial tools in the long war on terror. enhanced interrogation of suspects and the use of drones to kill american targets. john brennan faced a senate panel in his bid for the top job at the c.i.a. chief congressional correspond sent mike emmanuel tells to us did not take long for the fireworks to start. good evening, mike. >> good evening. i should note the hearing just wrapped up, but john brennan has been in a unique position, answering for techniques used in the bush war on terror and obama insider on the use of drones to kill terrorists, a hearing that got off to a bumpy start. >> they won't tell congress what country we are killing children -- >> please. >> john brennan's confirmation hearing was interrupted five times by code pink protesters before the room was cleared. brennan has taken heat from liberals as architect of the obama drone program and its k
's nominee to head the cia faced tough questioning yesterday about waterboarding during the bush years when he was at the cia and the current white house's huge expansion under his direction of targeted killings by drones. >> your view seems to be that even if we could save american lives by detaining more terrorists, using only traditional techniques, it would be better to kill them with a drone or let them go free rather than detain them. can you explain the logic in that argument? >> i respectfully disagree, senator. i never believe it's better to kill a terrorist than to detain him. we want to detain as many terrorists as possible so we can elicit the intelligence from them in the appropriate manner so that we can disrupt following terrorist attacks. >> joining us is john mclaughlin, the cia's acting director and with john hopkins school of studies. thank you for being with us. you were a career cia person, and you know the drill. it's very clear that absent anything occurring that we don't know about that john brennan is going to be the cia director. do you think that this conversation
the president's pick to run the cia about the controversial droning program. >> every american has the right to know when their government believes it's allowed to kill them. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded. >> shepard: tonight, a nominee on the hot seat. first from fox, a fox urgent and a manhunt for a suspected killer on a spree. who knows law enforcement and military tactics inside and out a former cop who one police chief said has a hit list, a manifesto and is hunting for the men and women who were once fellow officers, once who did him wrong. he wants to kill them and their families. the suspect is a former l.a. police officer named christopher dorner. police officers say he is armed and extremely dangerous and that he has shown he has no problem killing innocent people. the search spans several states and the border with mexico and mexico. right now there are crime scenes all over southern california around los angeles and san diego. the los angeles main police station on lockdown. guards at every entrance. unprecedented. the trouble ban
for the cia chief goes before a senate committee. where he may be grilled about the use of drones and extreme interrogation techniques. i am talking about john brennan whose hearings are set to begin in 15 minutes. she he is a strong supporter of drone strikes and you can expect tough questions on the drones overseas. a neighbor's phone call leads to the rescue of a 17-year-old boy in kansas city, missouri. he was frail, thin, curled up on a concrete basement floor and handcuffed to a pole. he told police he was locked there since september, fed instant oatmeal and ramen noodles and bologna sandwiches and allowed to use the bathroom three times a day. >> he had lost a lot of weight. he looked very grayish kind of. like that pale gray color. they said he was very dehydrated. >> what are did you feel seeing that? >> i was heartbroken honestly. >> there is a court hearing under way in the case. we will have much more on the story ahead in the show. trying to destroy the bunker where the man held the little boy hostage in alabama for almost a week. this is how officials describe this small space.
and killing of americans. cia director nominee john brennan, duking it out with senators from both party, staunchly defending the obama administration's use of drones against americans. >> i would like to ask you about the status of the administration's efforts to institutionalize rules and procedures for the conduct of drone strikes, in particular, how you see your role as cia director in that approval process? >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded, will be thoroughly anchored in intelligence, will have the appropriate review process, approval process, before any action is contemplated, including those actions that might involve the use of legal force. >> the fifth amendment is pretty clear. no depreivation of life, liberty or property without due process of law. we are threatening american lives with a drone attack. >> if the executive branch makes a mistake and kills the wrong person or a group of the wrong people, how should the government acknowledge that? >> i believe we need to acknowledge it. i believe we need to acknowledge it to our for
their blackberries, and enhanced interrogation techniques among the issues the cia director nominee john brennan will face in a confirmation hearing 30 minutes from now. a new showdown for the president's national security team. we're going to have that live for you. >> i think it's fair to say that far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership and al-qaeda along the lines that we're discussing here as opposed to an effort to invade a country with hundreds of thousands of troops and take cities and towns. >> fox news alert. in a moment we'll have the latest on the manhunt for the former police officer unforgiving violence and anyone with an l.a.p.d. badge and he's killed three people and reportedly, but his list of targets is much longer and we're going to hear from the riverside police chief on the status of this massive manhunt and the shooting that led to the death of one of his officers and injured another. stay tuned for that. well, there are new questions about the immediate future for our men and women in uniform today as the pentagon threats pay cuts an
to head the c.i.a. faced a volley of questions from senators today about counter-terrorism policies, including waterboarding and drone strikes. good evening, i'm jeffrey brown. >> suarez: and i'm ray suarez. on the "newshour" tonight, we excerpt today's testimony, which was interrupted from the start by protesters from the anti-war group, code pink. >> brown: then, we get the latest on the massive manhunt for a former los angeles police office wanted for murder. >> suarez: we turn to iran as the u.s. tightens sanctions but tehran shows no signs of halting its nuclear program or engaging in talks. >> brown: from our american graduate series, we have the story of a chicago non-profit that aims to change the lives of would-be dropouts. >> what's interesting about one goal is that it pinpoints and targets low-income, underperforming students in non- selective chicago public schools, students who are least likely to graduate from high school, let alone college. >> suarez: we look at newly released documents showing leaders in the catholic church in los angeles shielded pedophile priests
and the president's pick to head the cia. >>> and the giant comeback under way in one of the most majestic places on earth. restoring the redwood forest to its old glory. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. and it's a busy evening on both of our coasts tonight. on the west coast in southern california, a nerve-racking and disconcerting day after three murders, two more people wounded and the word from police that one of their own, be an ex police officer, a military veteran, is targeting police officers. as a result, law enforcement there on a hair-trigger, and the state has been on alert all day. right now as we look live, the search is focused on the big bear ski area, bear mountain, in southern california. now, on the east coast, preparations are under way for a potentially history-making snowstorm. along the eastern seaboard on up to new england, it's happening the way the worst of the storms happen. two systems coming together, joining forces, blizzard warnings are posted across a wide
and see the fans go cia r -- go crazy. felt so good. might have to do it again. >> reporter: jones said this week that he hopes to be a raven for life. back to you. >> and we do, too. jessica, thank you so much. as we told you earlier, coach john harbaugh will be following in flacco's footsteps by appearing on the late show tonight with letter than -- letterman. >> just mere seconds after eyewitness news at 11:00. >>> let's take a look at weather around here. maybe a touch of winter north of the city tomorrow morning. 36 now. east winds at 7. barometer holding steady. come back and take a look at the forecast and the weekend after this. >>> here's a live look outside right now. and i said it last night, i'll say it again. we have been lucky. this winter. >> oh, yeah. >> we really haven't seen any major winter storms here. we've had these little weak systems. but this one, which will miss us, for the most part, is going to be a monster for eastern new england. anywhere from connecticut north. and i'll show you where in -- why in just a few m
defended u.s. actions in the war on terror, but he acknowledged the c.i.a. is not immune from scrutiny. >> i have publicly acknowledged that our fight against al queda and associated forces has sometimes involved the use of lethal force outside the hot battle field of afghanistan. accordingly it is understandable there is great interest in the legal basis as well as the thresholds, criteria, processes, procedures, approvals and review for such actions. i have strongly promoted such public discussion with the congress, and with the american people as i believe our system of government and our commitment to transparency demand nothing less. >> reporter: late wednesday, mr. obama directed that the house and senate intelligence committees be given a classified memo on drone strikes abroad. it lays out the legal rationale for targeting american terrorism suspects. brennan has helped manage the program. oregon democrat ron wyden had pressed for release of the memo. he went directly to the issue during his first pass at questioning brennan. >> what should be done next to ensure that public co
the confirmation for the man who the president wants to be the director of the cia. >>> and we're finally learning why the united states military didn't come to the rescue in gauze gl benghazi, libya. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with a desperate manhunt in southern california under way right now. police have linked a fired officer to a series of what they call atrocious crimes. christopher jordan dorner is suspected of killing three people and wounding two others. he's still at large and police say he has access to multiple weapons and assault rifles. cnn's kyung lah is joining us from los angeles where the police chief is calling it extremely worry some and scare ree. what's the latest kyung? >> reporter: certainly scary for anyone connected to the police department in southern california. this is where today's shooting spree began but all of this, wolf, began earlier this week. the murder spree began on sunday with the double killing of a newly engaged couple, monica quan and keith lawrence, quan, the daughter of a retired lapd captain, the officer who represented
. >>> to capitol hill, now, where cia nominee, john brennan, has strongly defended the use of drones against terror targets. brennan told lawmakers that drone strikes are only used against targets planning to carry out attacks against the united states. never as retribution. he promised to tell congress every time the cia targets and kills suspected terrorists. >> if i were to go to cia and the cia was involved in any type of illegal activity, i would make sure this committee had that information. absolutely. >> after the hearing, intelligence committee chair, dianne feinstein, called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to regulate those strikes. >>> and outgoing defense secretary leon panetta revealed the first time there was a plan in place to arm rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by the white house, over worries the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 60,000 people have died in the civil war in syria. >>> and still to come on this busy friday morning, the very latest on the blizzard watch in the northeast. a storm th
as cia director. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning and good morning out west. members of congress have been trying for several years to see the classified justice department's legal opinions by justified the killing of anwar uh-uhawe al awlaki and others on terrorism. last night the president gave in to the pressure. the man who will feel the heat on this today is john brennan, the president's counterterrorism adviser, who has been nominated to head the cia. brennan testifies before the 15-member senate intelligence committee, including republican susan collins. >> in many cases we're talking about hardened terrorists but we do need to have a different approach when an american citizen is involved. >> reporter: democrats are equally concerned, they want to know brennan's role in the white house-approved drone attacks on terrorists who are american citizens. on wednesday, senator ron wyden threatened to pull out all the stops to get the justice department's legal opinion which the president released to the commi
to institutionlize rules and procedures and conduct for drone strikes, in particular, how you see your role as cia director in that approval process. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded, will be thoroughly anchored in intelligence, will have the appropriate review process, approval process before any action is contemplated including those actions that might involve the use of legal force. the fifth amendment is pretty clear no deprivation of life, liberty or property without a due process of law and we're depriving american citizens with their life when we target them with a drone attack. >> if the executive branch makes a mistake and kills the wrong person or a group of the wrong people, how should the government acknowledge that. >> i believe we need to acknowledge that. i believe we need to acknowledge it to our foreign partners. we need to acknowledge it publicly. >> i've been with this committee for more than ten years and with the exception of mr. panetta, i feel i've been drug around by every cia dra director. knowing your background and your educ
the battery fire is truly determined. >>> now the head of the cia faces a confirmation hearing today and he is currently his terrorism adviser. he worked for them for 25 years. they wanted to question him about several cia activities from water boarding to the use of drones. >>> the plan is similar to one proposed by president barack obama proposed last month. this includes a ban on assault weapons, a ban on magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition and a ban to prevent gun trafficking. they are sending a message to state and federal government. they introduced a resolution that calls on the retirement board to stop investing in companies that make guns and ammunition. the retirement system has $900,000 invested in fire related companies. >> you have to do something around gun violence and we have to promote greater gun control... >> los angeles and here locally, napa counties are taking similar steps. new york and chicago are redirecting their resources as well. the supervisor said the vote will go on tuesday. >>> they are installing new safety locks on doors. they are allow them to
the u.s. drones and we have information on the head of the cia. . >>> welcome back. we are listening in to president barack obama. >> didn't mock as -- for a don't mock as i as big -- don't mock as i as big as ours, whether we are leaders in government business or spreading the word, we suspend our days with open hearts and only minds to seek out the truth and to find the common ground that allows for us as a nation for people to take real and meaningful action and we have to do that humbly for nobody can know the full and encompassing mind of god. >> this is president barack obama and after this he goes to virginia to talk at their annual retreat and we are going to have more, we are listening in and we will have more comments coming up in our newscast. he will be urging us to stand united facing gun control. >>> cia faces questions after working for the cia for 25 years. they want to question brennan from water boarding to the use of armed drone strikes on suspected terrorists. >>> they are video footage from a captured u.s. drone plane. you are trying to confirm this report, kyla?
hill. the pick for the cia director fuels top questions we gotta sell the car. where would we even start? get the car. hi howard. get in. hi, good to see you. start with an actual written offer when selling your car, no strings attached. carmax. start here. 's pick faces members of congress today. >> he is having to answer tough questions about his involvement in the administration's controversial drone program. danielle nottingham reports from capitol hill. >> reporter: protesters held up the start of john brennan's senate confirmation hearing. >> would you hold, please. >> reporter: upset over the drone strike program. senators also focused on the controversial program when questioning the president's pick for cia director. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded. >> reporter: lawmakers recently got a look at a secret document explaning why the obama administration believes the strikes can also target americans who join with terrorist overseas. brennan was up for cia director in 2009, but withdrew his name from the consideration. the 25-yea
. >>> john brennan head of cia faces a questioning today. he worked for the cia for 25 years and senators want to question brennan about several cia activities from water boarding to the use of armed drone strikes on suspected terrorists. >>> in the meantime they are broadcasting this video saying it is extracted from a spy drone captured in 2011. coming up what iran says the video shows. >>> sal, you have the east shore ready for traffic? >> yes we do, we are looking at it dave, pam, once again, we are driving through and it is not all that bad although it is getting busier as we drive into richmond and berkeley, this moment the bay bridge is looking good with no major problems and usually 45 minutes from now we start seeing the first lines and we are looking out for that as well. we are looking at the commute on san jose freeways, 281 and 105 are off to a good start. let's go to steve. >>> we will get to our weather when we have a little bit of rain. there could be a whopper of a snowstorm back east so keep that in mind. we have a weak system producing some rain in santa rosa and if you
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. the president's pick for cia director then faced senators. lawmakers recently got a look at a see cent document explaining why the obama administration believes drone strikes can also target americans who joined with terrorist yoefrs seas. >> it's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances that's so troubling. >> reporter: brennan defended the policy. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded. >> reporter: brennan was up for cia director in 2009 but withdrew his name from consideration after questions arose about his role in the war on terror. brennan was a cia executive when the bush administration used harsh techniques like waterboarding but denied any involvement. >> water boarding is rep prehencive and something that should not be done. >> reporter: human rights groups opposed brennan's nomination. toby brohay had to be removed from the hearing. she said drone strikes also kill innocent americans. the senate committee will continue hearing temperature and vote on his confirmation later this month. d
with scattered showers. >> welcome back. john brennan, the president's nominee to head the cia is facing a committee confirmation hearing today. right now there he is, he is the president's counter terrorism advisor. he worked for the cia for 25 years. senators will ask him about several cia actions from waterboarding to using armed drone strikes on suspected terrorists. >>> new this morning iran is broadcasting video that it claims it got from a united states spy drone. i know they are trying to confirm the report but so far the defense department is tight lipped. >> reporter: the press office said it can't answer my questions right now. we asked the department of defense if it believes the video that iran is showing is real. we asked if it believes americans here at home or troops overseas are at risk and still no response. check out the footage that's airing on iran's state tv. it's claimed to be from the cia spy drone they captured in 2011. it shows a airport and city in afghanistan. this all comes as the senate intelligence committee will receive a classified document today. some m
counterterrorism adviser john brennan faces his confirmation hearing to be the new cia director. brennan has been the architect of the drone policy and one of its biggest defenders. >> it's a surgical precision, the ability to eliminate the cancerous tumor called an al qaeda terrorist. >> brennan will be facing other questions during today's hearing including what he need about enhanced interrogation techniques when he served as top ranking cia official during the bush administration. another issue likely to come up his acknowledgement that he's been questioned by federal prosecutors investigating national security leaks under president obama. brennan told the senate intelligence committee he's been told by his lawyer he's only a witness in those probes. >> michael isikoff, thank you. ron widen is a member of the intelligence committee and has pressed the white house for more information on its drone policy. senator, thank you for being with us. first yes, are you satisfied after saying the president was practicing secret law and stone calling, are you satisfied these memos are being released to
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starts at 10:00 a.m. at city hall. >> president obama's nominee for c.i.a. director, john brennan, will be in the spotlight on capitol hill today. he is expected to come underfire at the confirmation hearing for supporting the c.i.a.'s controversial drone program and the bushel enhanced entering tactics. we go to washington, dc, with the latest. >> good morning, kristen. today we get a rare public look into the u.s. secret drone program that president obama has used more than president bush that has come under heavy criticism. >> president obama's pick for c.i.a. director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party at the confirmation hearing this afternoon, democrats will likely demand answers about the use of unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the point person on drones, who signs off on the "kill" list. >> i suggest that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists be ethical and just. >> the use of drones has grown 700 percent under the obama administration. we learned yesterday that america has a secret base
: as soon as he became president, barack obama stopped cia tactics like waterboarding, that he considered torture. but this justifies outright killing of a suspected terrorist. how does dropping an bomb on an american citizen without any judicial review, any trial, not raise the very human rights questions or more human rights questions than something like waterboarding? >> the president understands the gravity of these issues. that's why he's committed to taking very seriously, both his responsibilities in this. >> reporter: the white house says the president's top priority has been protecting the american people in a way consistent with our values. but you can expect that his choice to run the cia will face sharp questions about this later this week at his confirmation hearings. and some in congress are trying to impose limits on the administration's ability to use drone strikes. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. >>> and as congress tries to limit those drone strikes, the president has his own message for capitol hill about the economy. on march 1st, deep cuts to government spen
could do the job. jenna: we'll see if john brennan gets approved. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. the cia nominee will have to appear before the senate intelligence committee in a few hours. as lawmakers on the panel are received classified information about how the obama administration is justifying drone strikes own american terrorists overseas. brennan helped manage the drone program. he is likely going to be challenged on it today. lawmakers also expected to ask him about waterboarding and for what he knew about some high-profile national security leaks. a lot of big topics. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live from capitol hill with more. within those hallways, mike, what are you hearing about? what will really be the focus of this hearing? >> reporter: jenna, i think you hit on a lot of the key topics. senator i don't know mccain is among those very interested in brennan's position on those enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush administration. brennan came out and said he was opposed to waterboarding. mccain wants to know if there is any evidence that b
congress every time the cia plans to target and kill terrorists. >> if the cia was involved in any illegal activity, i would make sure this committee had that information. >> after the hearing, dine feinstein called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to regulate those strikes. >>> outgoing secretary leon panetta revealed the first time there was a plan in place to arm rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by the white house, over worries the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 650 people have died in the civil war. >>> coming up on this friday morning, the latest on the blizzard watch in the northeast. a storm that's on the move right now. >>> and then, did facebook break the internet. a software buzz last night left millions seeing error messages. >>> and the good news here at abc. robin roberts' return, now just a few days away. >>> and wel come back. there is more evidence this morning of a recovery in the jobs market. the number of americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week was down
the cia. >>> a powerful earthquake that hit the south pacific. it struck near the solomon islands and generated a tsunami wave over three feet high and reports are saying that at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji. warnings that have been issued have been canceled. some homes were seriously damaged by the waves there. >>> as a young victim of the alabama standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and property of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi released these photos of the suspect's property, along with more detailed information about the rescue of 5-year-old ethan. nbc news has learned as a result of ongoing negotiations, the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes. was expecting a delivery of additional comfort items. four members of the hostage team approached the bunker and opened the hatch dropping in a flash bang device to distract dykes. he was disoriented but managed to fire one shot. the hostage team shot and killed dykes and then rescued ethan. they found explosive devices, one inside the bunke
. >>> the pentagon has not yet commented on iran's broadcast of video it claims was extracted from a cia spy drone captured in 2011. the footage was broadcast on iranian state media and it has not been confirmed. it says it downs the drone there but u.s. officials say the drone mal functioned and crashed. iran is also claiming it can reverse engineer the drone and launch its own production line of unmanned aircraft. >>> an iran supreme leader has rejected holding one on 1 nuclear negotiations with the u.s. he rejected all direct negotiations, however they will take part in nuclear talks later this month involving six world powers, including the u.s. >>> san jose state university received a major donation, we will tell you how much and which students will benefit. >>> rain has returned to the bay area, mark tamayo will tell us how long it is expected to last. >>> celebrities on the links for the annual pebble beach pro- am golf tournament, fred is there and he is next with a live report. >>> cal trans is getting the word out about its latest tool to clear that. it is called that. when it goes into
the year. >>> also in washington, code pink protestors interrupted the hearing of the cia director. >> would you hold, police? we'll ask the police to please remove this woman. >> after several -- d disruptions, this woman was asked to leave. >>> democratic law makers unveiled the long list of gun control bills. >> republicans called it grand handing. >> it is typical to see high powered weapons piirched and on display. >> here's what a high powered magazine sounds like on a city street at night. >> i live a mile away from that intersection. >> bay area police chief and mayors of los angeles and san francisco join democratic law makers as that you a nowed the new proposed -- announced the new proposed gun laws. >> now is time to close the loop rolls in the education related to the gun and gun ownership. >> among the 10 pieces of legislation, a ban on detachable rifle clips, a, and requiring background checks on ammunition sales. >> a way that we see something fashion able and we all want to get on board. >> democrats are grandstanding. democrats say they want california to have the
during the head of the next head of the cia. the reason protesters disrupted it multiple times. >>> the green light capital filed a lawsuit against apple. green light owned apple stock since 2010 and wants the company to share more capital. they have been trying to get them to create a new class of preferred stock. apple began baying a divend last year. >>> the committee put another top government official on the hot seat over the deadly attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya. >> what is clear the united states is unprepared for what occurred in benghazi. >> i believe the department of defense and the armed forces did all we could do in the response to the attacks. >> u.s. defense secretary leon panetta insisted the government employed every asset to respond to the september 11 attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. cocoa krispies and three other -- cocoa krispies and -- chris tvens and three other -- chris stevens and three others were killed. >> u.s. defense secretary leon panetta confirmed for the first time the pentagon supported providing arms to opposition groups in syria
defense secretary leon panetta. as jacqueline fell reports congress is focusing on the next cia director and whether john brennan supports using drones for targeted killings. >> reporter: pam, john brennan says that drone strikes are used only against targets who plan to attack the united states. brennan told senate intelligence committee led by dianne feinstein that drone strikes are never used as retro abuse for an earlier attack against americans. he says americans deserve to learn more about the procedures and practices for drones and targeted killings. republican senators want to know if brennan would rather kill terrorists with a drone or capture them. >> i never believe it's better to kill a terrorist than detain him. we want to detain as many terrorists as possible. >> reporter: another big topic of the day information sharing. senators complain they don't share enough classified information with them while sharing too much with the media. some republicans accused brennan and the cia of offering authorized leaks to help president obama in the when i see you next in a warning com
year by then cia director david petraeus and backed by penalty gone leaders and then secretary of state hillary clinton. the white house had doubts about which rebels could be trusted with the arms. those details came to light during the senate hearing on libya. they had tough questions for panetta. he related he and president obama spoke once during the eight-hour benghazi attack that left four americans dead. it also explained why war plains weren't sent. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. nancy, good morning. >> good morning, norah. panetta says the reason planes were not sent is because it came in two waves. after the first wave ended, they all thought it was over. plus, he said there wasn't enough actionable intelligence on the ground to act. >> you can't just willy nilly send f-16s there and blow up the place without knowing what's taking place. >> they said they were aware in the months before the attack u.s. ambassador chris stevens was worried about safety in libya. >> we never received a request to do, so number one snopa any ta argued that benghazi
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